Definition of Attorn

1. Verb. Acknowledge a new land owner as one's landlord. "He was attorned by the tenants"

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Acknowledge, Admit

Definition of Attorn

1. v. i. To turn, or transfer homage and service, from one lord to another. This is the act of feudatories, vassals, or tenants, upon the alienation of the estate.

Definition of Attorn

1. Verb. (intransitive legal) To transfer one's obligations to a person to another person. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive legal) To consent to the transfer of one's obligations as tenant under a lease to a new landlord. ¹

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Definition of Attorn

1. to acknowledge a new owner as one's landlord [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Attorn

1. 1. To turn, or transfer homage and service, from one lord to another. This is the act of feudatories, vassals, or tenants, upon the alienation of the estate. 2. To agree to become tenant to one to whom reversion has been granted. Origin: OF. Atorner, aturner, atourner, to direct, prepare, dispose, attorn (cf. OE. Atornen to return, adorn); a (L. Ad) + torner to turn; cf. LL. Attornare to commit business to another, to attorn; ad + tornare to turn, L. Tornare to turn in a lathe, to round off. See Turn. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Attorn

attorn (current term)
attorney's fee
attorney's lien
attorney's liens
attorney's work product
attorney-client privilege
attorney-client relation
attorney general
attorney of record

Literary usage of Attorn

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1. Systematic Arrangement of Lord Coke's First Institute of the Laws of England by John Henry Thomas, Sir Thomas Littleton, Francis Hargrave, Heneage Finch Nottingham, Edward Coke, Matthew Hale (1836)
"«ram of the lessee attorn to the grant, and after the grantee maketh his elec- But attorn- But if A. grant the reversion of Black Acre or White Acre, ..."

2. The Touchstone of Common Assurances Being a Plain and Familiar Treatise on by William Sheppard (1826)
"4.10 for himself, and not the tenant in tail, or for life, must attorn : for it is a maxim in law, that ño man shall attorn to any grant of any seigniory, ..."

3. A Treatise on the Action of Ejectment and Concurrent Remedies for the by Martin L. Newell (1892)
"Although a tenant may attorn to a purchaser of his landlord's title, or purchase it himself, if sold under judgment and execution, yet all the authorities ..."

4. Forms of Judgments and Orders in the High Court of Justice and Court of by Henry Wilmot Seton, Cecil Clare Marston Dale, W. Clowes, Great Britain Court of Appeal (1891)
"Tenant to attorn and pay Rent. UPON motion &c., and upon reading an order [or orders] dated &c. [Jf so, and the chief clerk's certificate dated &c. ..."

5. Sheppard's Touchstone of Common Assurances: Or, a Plain and Familiar by William Sheppard, Edward Hilliard, Richard Preston (1820)
"Ibid. granted to a stranger, and ABC and D, attorn ; this is no good attornment to perfect the grant of reversion ; for C. and D. cannot attorn, ..."

6. A Complete Body of Conveyancing: In Theory and Practice by Edward Wood (1792)
"... attorn snd '«com« tenants to the faid /? К a> d from henceforth pay their ... Do attorn and become tenants to the laid RR and m ..."

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